Admission standards at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) have increased in recent years. Approximately 500 students found out the hard way.
On Jan. 30, the university erroneously sent follow-up acceptance letters to 565 applicants who were not granted admission.
For every student that applies to TAMUK, a letter is sent out regarding their acceptance or denial and if accepted, they receive a follow-up letter informing them of actions they need to take after acceptance.
“What happened was, in our communications center on campus, they sent that email out. It says ‘Congratulations, again, on your admittance’ with additional information and inadvertently, by human error, they sent that e-mail out,” he said.
Tallant said the false message went out on Thursday at 11 a.m. and by 1 p.m. the university was receiving calls and emails regarding the confusing letters. According to Tallant, at 1:50 the university realized what had happened and an e-mail was sent out to all of those who received the false letter, informing them of the mistake and urged them to check the admission webpage to verify their admission status.
“I received an e-mail from a high school counselor in the valley who had a lot of students that applied here. They had gone to her and she wrote me concerned about what had happened,” he said.
“They had received a denial letter before and now they’re confused. Yesterday, we went through and identified every student by name that was denied and e-mailed them apologizing and informed them that their admission status has not changed,” he said.
“Put yourself in the shoes of
these students’ who are trying to come here. They have been denied, they’re disappointed and all of a sudden they get this letter, think they’re accepted and get excited. It’s very hard on them. I apologize that this happened,” Tallant said.
“We’re doing everything we know to put proper processes in place so this won’t happen again,” he said.
“It should not have happened and I really want to give my apologies to these students and their families.” Tallant said.